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UGA appoints new director for Office of Online Learning

Keith Bailey

Athens, Ga. – Following a national search, Keith Bailey has been named director of the University of Georgia Office of Online Learning. Bailey will begin his new position on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Bailey brings to UGA significant experience collaborating with faculty to develop online programs,” said Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction. “He has a proven record of leadership, innovation and faculty engagement related to online teaching and learning. I am confident that his knowledge, experience and collaboration with faculty will take our Office of Online Learning to the next level.”

Bailey will provide the leadership for OOL to support academic departments’ development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees.

Bailey has held teaching and leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University for 15 years. Most recently he served as the assistant dean of online learning and education technology, the director of the e-Learning Institute and assistant professor in the College of Arts and Architecture. In his current role, Bailey oversees the delivery of an online learning portfolio of more than 50 online and blended courses and three online programs. He created the continuous quality improvement process (e-LCQI) to evaluate the design of the college’s online courses and established an e-Learning Faculty Fellowship program to engage faculty in the collaborative development of online learning courses.

Bailey collaborated with academic deans and interdisciplinary faculty, as well as the Penn State World Campus, to strategically identify, select, design and deliver the college’s online curriculum. In addition, he implemented a design, development and delivery approach that has been adopted by six other colleges and one campus at Penn State. As a campus leader, Bailey serves on Penn State’s Online Coordinating Council, e-Education Council and MOOC Strategy Team. He is also the primary sponsor for the design, development and delivery of the first Penn State MOOC offering, Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques, which is delivered through Coursera.

“The culture that surrounds the University of Georgia is ideal for collaborating with faculty, staff and administrators to develop online curricula that meet the evolving needs of 21st century learners,” said Bailey. “I am looking forward to building a highly engaging environment, one which will create quality educational experiences.”

Bailey earned a bachelor of science degree in adult health and fitness and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctoral degree in workforce education, training and development from Penn State. He has presented at numerous conferences and published articles, papers and book chapters on education and technology.

Office of Online Learning
The University of Georgia launched the Office of Online Learning in July 2012. As a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, the OOL has a mission to provide campus-wide organization, leadership, development, marketing and support for UGA online learning courses and programs. For more information, see